Saturday, June 7, 2008

My 80s movie icon:


I want her hair and her chin (and her size 2-ish-ness).

I also want John Cusack to hold up a boombox over his head and play "In Your Eyes" outside my bedroom window. Just sayin'.

Speaking of that movie, I know I am officially getting old when I start creating a short-list of movies that my nieces (one just about to head to middle school, and the other a sophomore in high school) just have to see:

So far the list includes:

Heathers
Say Anything
Mystic Pizza
Ghost World
Romy & Michelle's High School Reunion
Virgin Suicides (maybe not for the middle schooler)
Lost In Translation

When I recently told the older niece that she MUST see Heathers, I also said, "Your mom might not agree, so ask a friend to Netflix it and see it there." I am such a bad grown-up, huh?

Ok - what else is missing from this list?

Photo by everyone's favorite, Paul Costello, shooting Ione Skye for Domino.

41 comments:

maison21 said...

16 candles.

Decorno said...

Most definitely.

I love the sister taking the muscle relaxers and kind of wilting all over the place. Perfection.

And then there's that famous Jake. Oh my.

mrlfvl said...

Can't Buy Me Love, Breakfast Club, and of course Pretty in Pink

Anonymous said...

They should see Fame. In fact, I'd like to see it again. Grease was pretty big when I was that age. And what was that first movie that made Tom Cruise famous? I'm at the age where my memory wanders off... Walkabout.

Jennifer said...

Lloyd Dobbler! Yay!

Joe LIES!

And I vote for Valley Girl.

Anonymous said...

Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
Friday the 13th Part I and Hallowe'en I and II (well, maybe when she's a year or two older)

mrlfvl said...

anyone remember Teen Witch? Fabulously awful...one of my all time faves...

Anonymous said...

"The Stepfather"

(it will make even the surliest adolescent appreciate her parents)

eM said...

baby ain't go no back ....size two is not that attractive to me

Anonymous said...

best teen-girl movies:

"Carrie"

"Mean Girls"

"Hairspray"
(the original, not the shitty remake)

"Halloween"
(the down side of babysitting)

gigi said...

Valley Girl, Risky Business, Footloose, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Breakfast Club and This is Spinal Tap.

Jennifer said...

Oh, I so second the original Hairspray nomination. Divine totally kicks John Travolta's ass.

Sneaky Chic said...

Dirty Dancing and Clueless.

Lisa said...

Cool As Ice.

Yes, I went there. But if you haven't seen it, don't start hatin on it.

Oh yeah, you'll be hard pressed to find a place that rents it. But I own it on VHS. You can borrow it if you leave a deposit...but what kind of value do you put on priceless?

jen said...

SIXTEEN CANDLES!! I watched it--I kid you not--97 times when I was a kid. To this day I still love it.

Also, WHAT'S EATING GILBERT GRAPE. Excellent finding yourself movie and Johnny Depp's in it. How could that be bad?

jen said...

OOps. This is a case of not reading the other comments. Oh well. At least we both love 16 candles....

Anonymous said...

would they go for old movies? If so:

Rebel Without a Cause

To Sir With Love

Decorno said...

Jennifer - YES!!!!!

Joes lies! He lies when he cries!

Oh my god, I almost forgot that part.

Fancy at CactusCreekDaily.com said...

Beautiful Girls {Uma Thurman, Timothy Hutton, Matt Dillon and ??Rosie O'Donnell + many more} Love it!!

~M said...

Just One of the Guys. Not the caliber of 16 Candles (the best! "Dong, where is my automobile?" "Automobile????" "Lake, big lake!") But, Just One of the Guys is so 80's, so cheesy, so classic.

marlazz said...

I was just now compiling a list of movies for my almost-16 yr old and you post this! I came of age in the 70s when they did not make rom-coms or teen flicks...instead they made movies to scare us off drugs, like 'Go Ask Alice'.

I'll have to add these teen classics from the 50s, 60s and 70s. You just know these fashions will soon be back, again:
- Gidget
- Forever (a tv movie of the Judy Blume classic, starring Stephanie Zimbalist and the guy who played Laura Ingall's husband in Little House)
- Marjorie Morningstar

Yeah, I'm old.

Anonymous said...

If they made porn for 14-year-old girls, it would look like this movie:

The Outsiders

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the Dollhouse

(another one to watch when your parents aren't around)

Anonymous said...

just saying...I know what you mean about John Cusack...just to add to your fantasy, I shared a few drunken kisses with him in a bar in Chicago in the early 90's...one of the best kissers ever!

Anonymous said...

all those great teen movies from john cusack are on my list. 'say anything' was not my favorite though -- i always loved 'better off dead' the best :) i loved the relationship between the 'john cusack's' wacky mom and dad. anyway, i think you should add 'about a boy' to the list, and in a year or two, your sophomore niece should be getting the complete set of 'felicity.' there's a little too many 'hey's in the series, and of course it's way too sappy and melodramatic, but it always takes me back to that "i'm in college, my life is finally starting" kind of feeling...

Mary T. said...

I completely loved Lily Taylor in Say Anything -- still do! I love how she looks and her style. I still want to be her -- minus talking about the suicide attempt on Good Morning Seattle!

Mary T. said...

Sorry, LILI Taylor

Anonymous said...

The Crying Game

Anonymous said...

?!

haus-frau said...

Why not Marie Antoinette? How about some classics like Breakfast at Tiffany's, and Goddard's Breathless, or Rebel W/o a Cause. Is Girl, Interrupted too dark? What about Diva(maybe they take French) or the Princess bride? So many great films! When is it okay to expose them to subjects like sex or suicide? 15 or 16? They will certainly have been exposed to the subject matter by then, right? Teenage girls..oh my!

mamacita said...

If I ever had cute little David Netto in my clutches, I would never let him go.

Anonymous said...

If I were David Netto, I'd figure I could do better. And he did.

I *Heart* You said...

mystic pizza is amazing! shag is also one of my all time favorite movies. it was a slumber party staple.

Anonymous said...

Pump Up The Volume = better than Heathers, in terms of Christian Slater movies, IMHO.

Breakfast Club, Dirty Dancing, Napoleon Dynamite!

SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL.

what's in a name? said...

Here's a few I haven't seen mentioned: Weird Science, "What would you little maniacs like to do first?", Valley Girl, "I mean, who could make up 'That stuff tastes like Clorox.'?", and Real Genius, "Self-realization. I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "I drank what?"

Petunia Face said...

Quick self-serving comment...
I deleted my blog. Long story, sad ending. But I have a new Petunia Face blog at www.petuniafacedgirl.blogspot.com
Please update your blog roll with this new URL if you would :)

Oh, and Ione Skye just narrowly missed being my go-to lesbian lover should I go Sapphic.

Anonymous said...

Petunia Face,

Well that's a little awkward, since Ione has you as number three on HER list.

Joslyn said...

perfect list and yes i agree on the john hughes movies...esp. 16 candles.

LOVE Ione...love her...total girl crush + love her house.

Suzy said...

Yep, I'm with anon. Breakfast club, Ferris Bueller's Day off...AND St Elmo's Fire (circa 1980's Rob Lowe, yum!)

Anonymous said...

it's not from the 80's but 1996, but is still a good movie to recommend to teenage girls, i think -- "stealing beauty" with liv tyler, beautiful film with setting of Italy! Summary:
After her mother dies, nineteen year old Lucy Harmon travels to Italy to stay with her mom's bohemian artist friends and have her picture painted. She also wants to renew her acquaintance with Nicolo Donati, a young boy with whom she fell in love on her last visit four years ago. She also is trying to solve the riddle (who is her "real" father?) left in a diary written by her mom.



Another good movie for girls, but not from the 80's is "All the Real Girls" with Zooey Deshanel. Summary: In a small Southern American town, Paul, who is known for having sexual relations with every girl in town, falls in love with his best friend's younger sister who is a virgin. Paul must try to prove to everyone that this time he is in love rather than in lust

Anonymous said...

I disliked the John Hughes movies. What teenage boy with a hot girlfriend ditches school for the day in order to go downtown TO A MUSEUM?!?

Those movies felt like they had the stamp of approval of the PTA.

"Heathers" was more truthful, and way funnier.